Trump’s words used as defense for white nationalist in viral video assault case

April 20, 2017

… of violence, an argument that would undermine Heimbach’s defense. Fights broke out in several states at Trump rallies during the course of his presidential campaign, and low-grade political violence has continued in the United States ever since. Anti- and pro-Trump protesters attacked each other in Berkeley, California, just this past Saturday. Police arrested 20 people, and found weapons in the crowd including mace and knives. WATCH: Merriam-Webster throws shade at Ivanka Trump after she …


HMP Garth: Increase in violence at ‘unsafe’ jail, report says – BBC News

April 19, 2017

However, inspectors raised the following concerns: Levels of violence had increased “substantially”, with many incidents linked to drugs, gangs and debt Assaults on staff had increased and much of the violence was “serious” Living conditions were “very poor” in the segregation unit and staff were “overwhelmed” 85 prisoners (in addition to sex offenders) were held separately because of fears for their safety The prison had a drug problem, even …


Make it a crime to show killing on Facebook

April 18, 2017

(CNN)A manhunt continues for Steve Stephens, who is suspected of shooting dead 74-year-old Robert Godwin on Sunday near Cleveland, and then posting a video of the killing to Facebook. People are calling it a sad statement about social media. No question: it is. Given that live broadcast via social media is here to stay, with Facebook as just the beginning, there’s really no easy way to prevent the next fame-hungry criminal from simulcasting a senseless act of violence. Replay …


United Airlines, David Dao, And The Way We Blame

April 12, 2017

… order given by an airline (ponder for a moment the absurdity of those words outside of any context other than the prevention or management of an aviation emergency) is sufficient reason to be beaten bloody; for others, Dao must be shown to have been in some other, more personal way deserving of pain and judgment, even if that justification is a decade old and totally irrelevant. This grim two-step is especially familiar in instances of police violence against ethnic minorities (the shooting of …


Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… headscarves and impose Islamic law. Given his enemy, then, Assad is justified in whatever he does. He is, after all, a secular man, with no beard and no wife in hijab. Radu Sigheti / Reuters The second favored talking point is related to the first. For those who like the idea of Assad as a secular option, the alternative must look irredeemably religious violently so, and driven to that violence by religious dogma. Gabbard for years has argued that the armed opposition to Assad is dominated …


Officer: Black man’s fatal shooting had nothing to do with race

April 3, 2017

… justification for her actions, describing an encounter that was not captured on video. Shelby was on her way to a domestic violence call when she saw a man she would later learn was Crutcher standing in the road, the officer told 60 Minutes. She said she found the 6-foot, 240-pound man’s behavior concerning. “His hands are just dropped beside him, his chin is resting on his chest, and he’s standing there motionless,” she said. “I thought … I wonder if …


Refugee returns home to find it spray-painted with nasty anti-Muslim graffiti

March 31, 2017

(CNN)Hasel Afshar moved from Iran to the US seven years ago as a refugee. In that time, he’s had his share of run-ins with xenophobes who’s yelled at him to go back to his country or threatened him with violence. The house in Troutdale, Oregon, had been ransacked and laced with graffiti. The vandals smashed his door with an ax, slashed his furniture, and spray-painted graffiti everywhere. …


Two new prisons planned in south Wales and Yorkshire – BBC News

March 22, 2017

The two jails being redeveloped – HMP Rochester in Kent and HMP Hindley in Wigan – will both be shut while extensive rebuilding work takes place. The construction programme will be offset by the closure of a number of older prisons, the details of which have yet to be confirmed. ‘Reckless overuse’ In prisons in England and Wales, levels of violence, suicide and self-harm are up, staff numbers are down and complaints about overcrowding are widespread. There have been …